See out 2021 on a high at one of the capital’s most celebrated gastronomic hot spots…
There’s no better way to start your 2022 on the right note with a gastronomic feast. From buffets to set menus, Riyadh boasts plenty of options for you and your nearest and dearest to dig in into the new year. Here’s a list of some of the best restaurants to dine at for your New Year’s celebration.
Fabulous NYE celebrations await at Billionaire Riyadh. Welcome the new year in luxury and style with Billionaire’s electrifying entertainment and exceptional New-Asian and Italian dishes.
Billionaire, Dab Ab St. Sulaimaniya, Dec 31, 9.30pm onwards. Minimum charge of SAR600 per person. Tel: 9200 11916. @billionaireriyadh
Cello is rolling out a mighty Italian four-course meal. Graze on truffle burrata and kale and pomegranate salad for appetisers, truffle risotto and gnocchi in tomato sauce, as well as mains such as mixed mushrooms crepes and grilled lamb chops. You’ll also get a mocktail on arrival, a white chocolate truffle for dessert, and a choice of tea or coffee.
Cello, Hospitality Palace, Northern Ring Branch Rd, An Nakheel, Riyadh 12385. Dec 31, 8.30pm, SAR350 per person & 10.30pm, SAR450 per person. The menu serves two. Full deposit is required when making reservations via the MyTable app. Tel: 055 503 1026. @cello_sa
Let celebrity chef David Burke’s restaurant take care of your NYE dinner situation. To start, there’s a platter of lobster dumplings, bacon and chicken lollipops, followed by a salad. Pick between chicken roulade, lobster risotto and sirloin steak for the main course. Next, end your meal with the chef’s selection of desserts. There’ll be live entertainment and party favours. A bottle of Saudi champagne is also thrown in so you can toast together to commemorate the year you’ve had.
David Burke, two locations: The Zone, Gate 2, Tel: 011 210 2080 & Riyadh Front, Gate 3, Tel: 011 481 2279. Dec 31. SAR295 per person. @davidburkeksa
This KAFD hot spot is offering authentic Italian dishes and impressive interiors. Tuck into mouth-watering pasta, fish and meat dishes from its ala carte menu, along with mocktails you won’t want to miss.
Il Baretto, Al Malqa, King Abdullah Financial District, Riyadh 13521. Two seatings: 7pm to 9pm (kids allowed and no minimum spend required) & 9.30pm to 1am (a minimum spend of SAR600). Tel: 9200 12508. @ilbarettosa
Join Koi for a New Year’s Eve of revelry and taste. On December 31, they will be serving a Japanese fusion set menu alongside live performances and a DJ.
Koi, Digital City, Wadi Al Muaydin, Unit 4, Imam Saud Ibn Abdul Aziz Road, Riyadh 12382. Tel: 055 167 0703. @koiriyadh
This New Year’s Eve, LPM is sending 2021 out in style and welcoming 2022 with joie de vivre. It has two seating slots beginning at 6.30pm and a 9pm extravaganza replete with plates like creamy burrata, escargots in garlic herb butter, and special seasonal dishes available for the occasion.
LPM, King Fahd Road, Street No. 38, Al Motassem Street, Al Olaya (behind Al Faisaliah Hotel). Two seatings: 6.30pm to 8.30pm (no minimum spend required) & 9pm to 1am (a minimum spend of SAR600). Tel: 9200 11794. @lpmriyadh
With exclusive set menus for both a New Year’s Eve dinner and a New Year’s Day lunch, you can get the best of both meals at Mamo Michelangelo. The four-course dinner includes pumpkin soup, lobster spaghetti, and tiramisu, alongside a welcome drink and fun galore. For lunch on the following day, you can enjoy beef carpaccio, baked eggplant with tomato sauce, fresh pasta, and so much more.
Mamo Michelangelo, King Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212. Dec 31 NYE Festive Dinner, SAR980 per person (includes a welcome drink) & Jan 1 Festive Brunch, SAR750 per person (excludes beverages and coffee). Tel: 9200 00874. @mamomichelangeloksa
Internationally renowned DJ producer and remixer DJ Romaan will host Meraki’s New Year’s Eve celebration with upbeat tunes and special entertainment. Guests are invited to dress their best in glitters and sparkles while enjoying a set menu featuring contemporary Greek cuisine. Raise a glass of mocktail to toast to the New Year, followed by a countdown to midnight and get ready to party till the early hours.
Meraki, Al Moatasem Street, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212. Tel: 9200 01050. @merakiriyadh
The best way to ring in 2022 after the year we’ve all had? With an indulgent New Year’s Eve dinner at MNKY HSE featuring a four-course Latin American menu, live music by DJ Andrea Mendoza, and lights and flames performances.
MNKY HSE, 6927 Prince Turki Ibn Abdulaziz Al Awwal Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13512, Dec 31, 8pm till late, SAR1,500 per person. Tel: 055 840 0791. @mnkyhseksa
To chow down on the finest contemporary Japanese cuisine to wave goodbye to 2021, Myazu is the place to be. Spend your midnight countdown drinking and dining surrounded by opulent interiors and accompanied by a DJ all night long.
Myazu, Musad Bin Jalawi, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12244. Dec 31, 9pm onwards (a minimum spend of SAR500 per person). Tel: 9200 09686. @myazusaudi
Settle in at Roka on New Year’s Eve with either the seasonal tasting menu or the premium tasting menu, from SAR400 per person. With plates like tuna tartare with oscietra caviar and wasabi ponzu dressing, yellowtail sashimi with yuzu-truffle dressing, and black cod marinated in yuzu miso, you can bet it’s going to be an unforgettable New Year’s Eve feast. Plus, you’ll get a complimentary glass of sparkling grape juice available from 9pm onwards, and there will be live music all night by the resident DJ to keep the buzz going.
ROKA, 5140 Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz Rd, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12243 7053, Dec 31, from 9pm. A SAR500 deposit per person will be charged to secure a booking. SAR400 per person for Seasonal Tasting Menu & SAR550 per person for Premium Tasting Menu (minimum two people, designed to share). Tel: 920 012 327. @rokariyadhofficial
If you’re craving Asian fusion burgers, head to Shiso Burger, and you’ll be treated to delicious buns and a complimentary dessert while enjoying live music by DJ Igniter.
Shiso Burger, An Nakheel, Dec 31, 10.30pm. Tel: 011 288 5855. @shisoburgerksa
Ring in 2022 with friends and family at Riyadh’s best dim sum spot, Yauatcha. You’ll get a delicious eight-course meal, including newly launched dishes such as crispy duck breast with potato puree, mussels with spicy tomato sauce, old-style Shanghai smoked fish, and olive fried rice. The high-quality Chinese fare is reason enough to spend New Year’s Eve here, while an in-house DJ, sleek service and an exciting countdown party seal the deal.
Yauatcha, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Riyadh 11433, SAR350 per person for a minimum of two guests (NYE set menu is available till Jan 1). Tel: 9200 06555. @yauatchariyadh
Fancy waving goodbye to 2021 under the starry night sky? Well, you’re in luck because 10:10 Lounge is throwing a New Year’s Eve bash to remember. Enjoy live music while you feast – it’s bound to be a fun affair.
10:10 Lounge, Marriott Riyadh DQ Hotel, Dec 31, 6pm onwards. Tel: 059 159 1728. @1010lounge
56th Avenue Diner
Hold off on your resolutions – 56th Avenue Diner’s New Year’s Eve buffet extravaganzas are worth letting loose for. Enjoy a night packed with live entertainment and good food where you can expect a range of options from meat to seafood. Oh, and be sure to stop by the outdoor BBQ station.
56th Avenue Diner, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya Hotel, Dec 31, 6.30pm to 11.30pm. SAR356 for adults, 50 per cent off for children ages seven to 12. Tel: 053 341 1234. @56thavenuediner
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